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Things To Do With Kids in Baton Rouge

There’s nowhere in the South quite like Baton Rouge. This Louisiana state capital is the perfect place for children to experience a blend of Cajun and Creole culture against the backdrop of an energized college town. The Red Stick is filled with antebellum architecture, unbeatable local cuisine, and all-age attractions that are sure to make the whole family smile. Next time you’re looking for something to do in the Capital City with the kids, take a look at these tourist hotspots and local favorites.

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids for the weekend, Baton Rouge has got you covered. Take the kids out for a day of bouncing, snacking, and happiness at one of these top kid-friendly places:

  • Understand other cultures at the Knock Knock Museum
  • Take out the other team at Laser Tag of Baton Rouge
  • Do a front flip into a foam pit at Area 51 Extreme Air Sports
  • Enjoy a Louisiana-style frozen treat at Snoball Snoballs
  • Admire the modern statues and paintings at the LSU Museum of Art

There are loads of places for both kids and parents to have a good time together. Stop by Rice & Roux to try out famous Cajun-style gumbo, jambalaya, and boundaine. Other great places to visit in Baton Rouge with kids include:

  • Having a picnic by the splash pad at City-Brooks Community Park
  • Taking in the contemporary pieces at the Baton Rouge Gallery
  • Tasting a shrimp po’boy at Spanish Town Market
  • Applauding the LSU theatre company at the Swine Palace
  • Seeing a performance at the Shaw Center for the Arts
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As the state capitol of Louisiana, Baton Rouge has tons worthwhile sights to see. Kids love visiting the LSU campus habitat for the school mascot, Mike the Tiger. Here are some other kid-approved landmarks to check out in Baton Rouge:

  • Stop to smell the roses at the Independence Botanical Gardens roses
  • Admire the gorgeous stained glass at the St. Joseph Cathedral
  • Get a glimpse of government work at the Louisiana State Capitol Building
  • Take a selfie in front of the Red Stick monument
  • Tour a French Creole home at Magnolia Mound Plantation
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No matter your child’s interest, they’re sure to find something they enjoy in Baton Rouge. Spend the day seeing wild animals, dancing on your skates, or riding wooden roller coasters. Check out these local favorite kids activities:

  • Race your friends on the go kart track at Celebration Station
  • Meet tigers, rhinos, and ostriches at Baton Rouge Zoo
  • Boogie down under the flashing lights at Skate Galaxy
  • Ride the Ragin Cajun and Flyin’ Tiger at Dixie Landin’
  • Feed the ducks at Arsenal Park
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Meeting up with all of your family and friends to tailgate before a big LSU game is a tradition in Baton Rouge. Head over to the LSU campus for a day of cookouts, cornhole, and face-painting fun the kids will remember for a lifetime. Other kid-centric group activities include:

  • Enjoying a family crawfish boil at Forest Community Park
  • Being scared out of your pants at 13th Gate Escape
  • Cheering for the LSU football team at Tiger Stadium
  • Playing a game of frisbee at the North Sherwood Forest Community Park
  • Buying matching outfits at the retail stores at the Mall of Louisiana

Baton Rouge has tons of museums, galleries, and interactive exhibits that introduce kids and parents to more than 300 years of local history. Next time you’re in town, be sure to pop in to these educational centers with the kids:

  • The River Road African American Museum honors the work of the Civil Rights Movement
  • The LSU Rural Life Museum preserves 18th and 19th century farming lifestyle
  • The Louisiana Arts and Science Museum has an engaging Ancient Egypt exhibit
  • The Highland Road Park Observatory has a Science Academy for parish residents
  • The USS KIdds Museum is located on a restored Fletcher-class destroyer

Looking for somewhere to inspire the kids? The Downtown Arts & Entertainment District hosts festivals and concerts and has a number of interesting galleries, shops and restaurants. Other creative outlets for kids include:

  • Learning how to play the guitar or piano with SuperMusic
  • Becoming a ballerina at The Dance Connection
  • Created a colorful self portrait with Fleur de ME Designs
  • Preparing for the olympics with tumbling lessons from Gymnasia
  • Painting vibrant pottery at Brush Fire Art Studio

With more than 100 rainy days a year, Baton Rouge has plenty of indoor backups for fun. Take the kids shopping for toys and clothes at the Mall of Louisiana, home to a variety of local and chain stores. Other indoor fun for kids includes:

  • Seeing a family feature at the Cinemark Perkins Rowe
  • Scaling a man-made rock wall at Uptown Climbing
  • Attending a production at the Raising Cane’s River Center
  • Gazing at constellations at the Irene W, Pennington Planetarium
  • Shopping for fishing and hunting gear at Bass Pro Shop